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The new breed of female metallers
I feel a lot of estrogen floating around the metalsphere. Or, more accurately, a lot of testosterone floating around the estrogen. People got worked up about Revolver's "Hottest Chicks in Metal" issue. Then people got worked up about Leaves' Eyes singer Liv Kristine&ap…
V/A – Death Metal
No Halloween would be complete without, er, Helloween. Here's an artifact from that band's checkered past. It may be the first ever usage of the term "death metal." In 1984, death metal hadn't been invented yet, so instead we get artwork of a cannibal corpse eatin…
Ahab – The Divinity of Oceans
The Divinity of Oceans (Napalm, 2009) is a remarkable album about a remarkable subject: the sinking of the American whaleship Essex in 1820. (A book about the event inspired Moby Dick, which inspired Ahab's first album, The Call of the Wretched Sea, as well as Mastodon's Leviathan
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Summer Slaughter ’09
Frank Mullen gets Wired
According to Suffocation frontman Frank Mullen, the Summer Slaughter tour was this year's "death metal stimulus package." 2009's lineup featured around a dozen bands. On this first date of a two-night stand in New York City, the lineup slimmed dow…
Sodom – Agent Orange
Happy 20th birthday, Agent Orange. Evidently, it is the best-selling German thrash record ever. In Germany alone, it shifted over 100,000 copies. 99% of metal albums now don't put up those kinds of numbers worldwide! Agent Orange's secret weapon was guitarist Frank Blackfire
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Cannon – Metal Style
This post is really just an excuse to show the cover art. But what art it is! Click on it to enlarge it. There is so much to absorb. Top: Pac-Man font. Bottom: "conscious hip-hop" font. Middle: Full-on rave action. Glowsticks are forming in my hands
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Seamount – ntodrm
You may now put away your playlists. Turn "shuffle" off. Stop buying iPhone apps. Stop Twittering. Start making a difference. Start with your life. Go here. Download Seamount's debut, ntodrm (Merciless, 2008) for free. Phil Swanson sounds a little like Ozzy
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Streaming music may lead to the apocalypse
'90s rock group The Presidents of the United States of America have introduced a $2.99 iPhone app that allows users to stream the band's entire catalogue. (See story here.) The app also contains links to buy MP3's from iTunes. Until now, I hadn't seriously considered streaming…
Kreator – Hordes of Chaos
Hordes of Chaos (SPV, 2009) has the same ingredients as Kreator's post-'90s, return-to-thrash records: politically correct (and fairly awful) lyrics, some melody, slick production. But while later Kreator albums typically have a few bangers and loads of filler (I spy a "greatest …

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